Reblogged this from my other blog The Heartlander Tourist.
Originally posted: 19 Dec 2013
Original content on this blog returns: 2 April 2018
Kek Lok Si is Hokkien for Temple of Supreme Bliss. a Chinese-Buddhist/Taoist temple dedicated to the Goddess Kuan Yin, the Goddess of Mercy.
Construction of the temple began in 1890, and was approved by the Chinese emperor Guangxu (in 1890, Chinese people mostly identified themselves as Chinese nationals still). The main benefactor of the temple’s construction was the Perak born Kapitan China, Chung Keng Quee.
This seven story pagoda, housing 10,000 Buddhas was completed in 1930.
However the main attraction to tourist (I.e. Non-devotees) is this ten year old bronze statue of the Goddess Kuan Yin. Similar to Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, the Goddess statue overlooks the whole of Georgetown, blessing the city. An ornate, extravagant 16-pillar roof was constructed for the Kuan Yin statue between 2005-2009.
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